April 16, 2021
A Week of Learning at BHS
BHS students and staff have been engaged in a week of learning about social justice as part of our mascot change process. Beginning with an acknowledgment that Bellingham High School resides on the lands of the Coast Salish peoples, we’ve examined our mascot history, the concept of colonization, and reasons for a change. Our student leaders were actively involved in designing and delivering these activities which resulted in thoughtful reflection and dialogue, and we are so proud of our entire student body as we engage in this important work. We invite you to join our learning journey by reviewing these advisory lessons that are available on our school’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, as well as our Mascot Change Task Force page.
Today students had an opportunity to give feedback on their learning, as well as share ideas for a new mascot name and possibly new image through a student survey and after-school session. The task force will review this student feedback, as well as information collected earlier from staff and community gatherings, to determine next steps in submitting a recommendation to Dr. Baker next month.
We are excited that our campus is “springing” back to life! We are thrilled to have students spending more time in the building, as well as student activities and sports increasing. During this sunny week we’ve enjoyed listening to our musicians rehearse in the courtyard, hung a banner celebrating our awesome Class of 2021, rooted for our student athletes, and watched our new turf field move toward completion. The weeks ahead will bring many opportunities to learn and celebrate our students as we complete the 20-21 school year. WE [ARE] BHS!
Linda Wise Miller, BHS Principal
Una semana de aprendizaje en BHS
Hoy los estudiantes tuvieron la oportunidad de dar retroalimentación sobre su aprendizaje, así como compartir ideas para un nuevo nombre de mascota y posiblemente una nueva imagen a través de una encuesta estudiantil y una sesión después de la escuela. El grupo de trabajo revisará los comentarios de los estudiantes, así como la información recopilada anteriormente del personal y las reuniones de la comunidad, para determinar los próximos pasos para enviar una recomendación al Dr. Baker el próximo mes.
¡Estamos muy contentos de que nuestro campus esté “resurgiendo”! Estamos encantados de que los estudiantes pasen más tiempo en el edificio, así como las actividades de los estudiantes y los deportes en aumento. Durante esta semana soleada, disfrutamos escuchando a nuestros músicos ensayar en el patio, colgamos una pancarta celebrando nuestra increíble Clase de 2021, apoyamos a nuestros estudiantes atletas y vimos cómo nuestro nuevo campo de césped avanzaba hacia su finalización. Las próximas semanas traerán muchas oportunidades para aprender y celebrar a nuestros estudiantes mientras completamos el año escolar 20-21. ¡[SOMOS] BHS!
Linda Wise Miller, Directora de BHS
This Week in BHS Video
BHS Prepares to Welcome More Students Back on More School Days
Dear BHS students and families,
This message is to provide BHS-specific information following Dr. Baker’s announcement about expanding instruction to five days each week. We are excited to offer more instruction time to our students, as well as increased opportunities for in-person learning!
Starting the week of April 19, our schedule will include classes on Wednesdays with live/hybrid classes from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. In addition, we are offering in-person instruction for all five days a week as space allows. We have already invited seniors to return to the building on a full-time basis, and we’re ready to extend this opportunity to younger students. Freshmen are invited to return five days a week starting Wednesday, April 21, and sophomores and juniors may return full-time beginning Monday, April 26.
With safety continuing to be our top priority, there may be specific classes which can’t accommodate all in-person students. In those instances, identified students would be directed to our designated overflow areas and join the class online. We will utilize our existing cohort model (A-K and L-Z with alternating Wednesdays) to identify students reporting to these overflow spaces as needed.
While we are inviting students for in-person instruction five days each week, we recognize that some families may choose to remain in the cohort model of 2-3 days per week or stay remote for the remainder of the school year. We are committed to serving our students in the format which best meets their needs at this time. For our planning purposes, we would sincerely appreciate each family completing this survey by Monday, April 19. Please have your student use their school device and/or school account to complete the survey at https://forms.office.com/r/c9P1GjisSn.
Please feel free to call our main office (360) 676-6575 or reach out to any of our administrative team via email if you need additional information. We’re more than happy to answer your questions!
Your BHS Administrative Team – Intern Ben Goodwin, Assistant Principals Chris Carlson and Joseph Doucette, and Principal Linda Wise Miller
BHS Solar Spotlight
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Career and Community Events
Career Center News
BHS-PTSA 2021 Scholarship application is now available on the CC webpage!
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Check out the Scholarship Bulletin for Juniors on the scholarship webpage.
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